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BANGOR, Maine — An 11-year-old boy walking to school early Thursday on Union Street was hit by a pickup truck as he crossed the onramp to Interstate 95, the same location a local woman was fatally injured in July, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.
“It’s exactly the same area,” the sergeant said.
The boy, who suffered leg injuries, “said he started walking and didn’t see the truck until it was right there,” Edwards said of the 7:20 a.m. accident. “The truck driver didn’t see him. They both didn’t see each other.”
Wayne Welch, 54, of Hermon was driving north on Interstate 95 when he took the exit at Union Street and drove straight through the intersection, which takes drivers to Ohio Street or back onto the highway.
“A witness saw this and said the pedestrian was at fault,” Edwards said. “He was in the crosswalk illegally.”
The crosswalk has an electronic monitor that informs walkers when it is safe, he said.
Even with a “walk” sign, “You still have to be careful. It’s a four-way intersection,” Edwards said.
The boy, who Bangor Daily News is not identifying, was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center. No information about the boy was available a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon.
No charges are pending, Edwards said.
Five months ago, Bangor resident Brecon Oldham was seriously injured when she was struck by a car in the intersection and later died at the hospital. Oldham was hit in the same crosswalk by a woman trying to turn right from Union Street onto the interstate.
The city’s Public Works Department handles traffic lights and will be given a copy of the report, Edwards said. Whether additional signs or other measures are taken will be up to that department, he said.
When Joshua R. Constantine, 37, of Bangor was hit by a car and killed in June on Main Street near the entrance to Shaw’s supermarket, public works crews installed a crosswalk in the area one month later.
Anytime people approach an intersection, even those with lighted electronic walk signs, they should look both ways before stepping onto roadways.
“Pedestrians need to be very careful when crossing,” Edwards said.